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Any day now, we’ll be presenting the insanely gorgeous and super talented Dianne Gallagher with the coveted “Veronica Corningstone Award” as South Carolina’s hottest news babe … a ceremony we promise you won’t want to miss.

Gallagher, of CN2 Rock Hill, was the wire-to-wire winner of this year’s competition, edging out WIS-TV Columbia hottie Jillian Capobianco (Sic Willie’s latest blond goth obsession) and Jennifer Tomazic of WLTX-TV Columbia.

Anyway, loyal FITS readers will recall that Gallagher (hello!) was an unforgivable omission from our list of finalists last year – a grievous error which we attempted to remedy this year by opening our nominating process to the public.

Well, it turns out that no system of ascertaining the hotness of news babes is infallible, as an astute reader nominated a certain anchor/reporter who not only should have made our list, but who will more than likely give the lovely miss G a real run for her money next year.

Her name? Ashley Norris … a native South Carolina stunner who is currently holding down the evening news desk for WACH TV Columbia.

In addition to being a solid investigative journalist who films and produces her own stories, Norris is a natural behind the anchor desk. We caught one of her shows earlier this week and no kidding, people … she won’t be directing viewers to MidlandsConnect.com for much longer.

FOX News, maybe?

Anyway, our founding editor had the pleasure of making Ashley’s acquaintance  during a one-on-one interview about S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford moving her family out of the governor’s mansion last week.

How’d it go?

Let’s just say Sic deserves a Congressional medal for being able to concentrate in the presence of such ridonkulous hotness …